14-day Arctic expedition cruise to the North Pole 90°N aboard the world's most powerful icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory
To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavours. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your voyage will be one that you won’t soon forget. The added excitement of helicopter excursions and an optional hot air balloon ride at the top of the world make this adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of 20% per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment.
Voyage rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and are based on passengers sharing a cabin.
Share Travel and Single Supplements - If you are travelling alone and wish to share this is available only in the Twin category. If you prefer, single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin rate and available only in Twin categories; single occupancy of a other suites is available at 2 times the twin rate.
Final Payments - Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. Balance payments may be paid by bank transfer, or on request by credit card (subject to a 2% surcharge).
Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 120 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of $750 per person. Cancellations received from 120 to 91 days prior to departure, are subject to 20% per person cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs less than 90 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.
Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Poseidon Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
Day 1 — Murmansk, Russia
Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, starting
point of our adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a
transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included
in the price of the voyage.
Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Murmansk
Today we provide a group transfer to the port where we welcome you
aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory. Explore the
ship and get orientated as we slip our moorings and sail north out of
Days 3 to 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the
fun”. As we cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always
the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity
to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You
are also treated to a tour of the engine room. As we make our way
across the ice cap, you witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as
massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the
spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is
surreal and unforgettable. We also take advantage of 24-hour daylight
to offer helicopter flightseeing tours. From the air you can observe
the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique
vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast
Day 7 — 90° North
Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to
90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch
of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea. Now is the time to
experience the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the
world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk
around the world during our special International Round Dance. You are
also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the
chance to take a plunge into the icy water! After our memorable time
at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is
not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still
Day 8-10 — Exploration of Franz Josef Land
The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National
Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other
quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare
whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz
Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous
nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies,
and ivory gulls. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit
every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and
helicopter. Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological
features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island.
Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on
Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern
Hemisphere. Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to
walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved
historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer,
Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen
come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape
Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of
dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are
further illuminated by our expert lecturers. Tikhaya Bukhta is
currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying
Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar
expeditions. Nearby, the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini
Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.
Days 11 to 12 — At Sea
After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land we cross back south
through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea. Presentations and
workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not
idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and
amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas,
warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments. Seabird viewing
and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well
as exterior stateroom windows.
Day 13 — Disembarkation in Murmansk
After breakfast on board we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you
with a transfer to the airport or to the city center, depending on the
time of your departure flight.
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement –
of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions,
your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to
guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline
of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no
specific itinerary can be guaranteed.